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How Apple (and Google, too) could help fix fake news

Google News relies on algorithm-based curation, while Apple adds human beings to the process. A few years back I visited Washington, D.C.’s Newseum, which honors the history of journalism. If you have never visited this amazing museum I would put it on your bucket list. The displays include examples of some of...

2018-06-04
Apple, Google using different approaches to fight fake news

Google News relies on algorithm-based curation, while Apple adds human beings to the process. A few years back I visited Washington, D.C.’s Newseum, which honors the history of journalism. If you have never visited this amazing museum I would put it on your bucket list. The displays include examples of some of...

2018-06-04
Twitter suspended a reporter over a joke, but not his threat-making trolls

The troll army came for a HuffPo reporter after he exposed a prominent anti-Muslim Twitter account. In response, Twitter came for the reporter and not his trolls. Last week, HuffPo reporter Luke O’Brien revealed the identity of prominent anti-Muslim Twitter account, @AmyMek, in a widely shared exposé. Mek...

2018-06-04
May in Africa: WhatsApp tax, Kenyan satellites, and UberEATS

Imagine having to pay a daily tax to use social media. That’s what is facing Ugandan citizens as of last month. The country’s president says social media encourages gossip, and has therefore slapped a daily tax of 200 Ugandan shillings — about $0.05 USD — on services like WhatsApp, Twitter, and Facebook. Not...

2018-06-04
The Nix Mini Color Sensor is the designer’s best friend...and now it’s 30% off

If you’re a designer, decorator, artist or work in an industry where color matters, it’s a no-brainer device to own, especially at its current $69 price, a full $30 off retail from TNW Deals. Even if you’re just a fan of neat tech gadgets, this one is worth the investment.

2018-06-04
Facebook has reportedly been sharing user data with phone makers for ages

The data reportedly shared included Facebook users’ education history, relationship status, work, political leanings, religion, and upcoming events. The New York Times has broken what could amount to the next major Facebook data breach scandal. The publication says Facebook has been sharing information about...

2018-06-04
Devs are flooding to GitLab amidst Github Microsoft acquisition rumors

Last night, Bloomberg reported that Microsoft has acquired GitHub. The deal is still unconfirmed by both parties (I asked, they said “no comment“), but it’s believed Microsoft will announce it later today. Suffice to say, not everyone is happy about it. A quick search on Twitter finds countless people...

2018-06-04
The open-source, private cloud alternatives to Dropbox and Slack

Mattermost, Nextcloud, Seafile, and other companies offer security-minded organizations storage and productivity options to run on private cloud servers. In a flash, much of our cyberlife—both private and professional—has moved to the cloud. Mega-tech companies hold the data crucial to millions: Our...

2018-06-04
Microsoft buying GitHub doesn’t scare me

Bloomberg has reported that Microsoft has announced GitHub. The ink has dried. Official confirmation of the deal is due on Monday, and not everybody is happy about it. You don’t have to look far to see this. Just scan Twitter, and you’ll see people proclaiming the death of GitHub (and even open source software)....

2018-06-03
As Google quits controversial Project Maven, mystery deepens over role of other tech firms

It remains unclear exactly what role the tech industry continues to play in the Pentagon initiative that seeks to use machine learning technology to quickly analyze images captured on the battlefield, such as from aerial drones. In the wake of revelations about Google’s role in a military image recognition...

2018-06-02
The promise of quantum computing supremacy is bunk

Google recently announced that the first demonstration of quantum supremacy could be just a few months away. I think they are entirely wrong. It is not just more than a few months away, it is forever away. I explain why below, but first I would like to take exception to their use of the word “supremacy” because...

2018-06-02
Report: Google to abandon Project Maven after government contract ends

Google today internally revealed it would not seek to renew its contract with a Department of Defense AI program, called Project Maven, once the current contract ends. Gizmodo reports Google Cloud CEO Diane Greene informed employees in a meeting today that the company would continue work through the end of the current...

2018-06-01
8 key takeaways from the Growth Quarters stage at TNW2018

TNW Conference 2018 went by in a flash. As we cut off our now-manky wristbands and start getting tagged in embarrassing photos from the afterparty, let’s instead reminisce about all the incredible content witnessed at the first ever Growth Quarters stage hosted by TQ and Google for Entrepreneurs. Des...

2018-06-01
Google Groups could be leaking a lot of information

Check those configurations! If you’re using Google Groups, be sure to check your privacy settings. A new study conducted by Kenna Security published Friday found that, out of 9,600 public Google Groups, about a third leaked email sent through the platform. Kenna Security found the groups by...

2018-06-01
Facebook is finally killing off its trending news section

The social network is considering putting a breaking news section in its place. Facebook has announced its plans to kill of its trending news section, according to the Associated Press. The feature, which was first launched in 2014, surfaced topics that were popular throughout Facebook’s News Feed. The idea...

2018-06-01
Facebook is finally kills off its trending news section

The social network is considering putting a breaking news section in its place. Facebook has announced its plans to kill of its trending news section, according to the Associated Press. The feature, which was first launched in 2014, surfaced topics that were popular throughout Facebook’s News Feed. The idea...

2018-06-01
Facebook has killed the hated Trending Topics bar

Trending Topics was one of those Facebook features that seemed sensible on paper, but in practice turned out to be a major headache for the company. During its four-year lifespan, it was accused of showing bias (on both sides of the partisan divide), and surfaced fake news stories — including one from the British...

2018-06-01
Here’s the thing about the word “c**t”

Samantha Bee was using the word in the same vitriolic way that men use it to it insult and intimidate women. Let’s get one quick thing out of the way: I agree with my colleague Joe Berkowitz that what Samantha Bee said on her show about Ivanka Trump was not equal to what Roseanne said about Valeria...

2018-06-01
Crypto lessons from our tech past

Throughout history, the human race has endured a love-hate relationship with technology and the speed of change that comes with it. Despite the history of the human race being just a google search or Alexa question away, it seems that we are destined to repeat the same mistakes or continue to underestimate and fear...

2018-06-01
Top 5 ads of the week: LeBron’s tattoo, Budweiser’s Google search

Soliciting student ideas to fight gun violence, Spanish gamers play for free burgers, and Powerade’s World Cup dreams. Gun violence and gun safety PSAs have long existed, but since the 2012 tragedy at Sandy Hook, that work became more frequent, and with an emotional urgency we had rarely seen before. As...

2018-06-01
Leaked emails show Google was worried military AI work would be revealed

Leaked emails reveal Google was very worried as far back as September on word of their work on military projects getting out. The Intercept has obtained emails sent by high-level Google execs discussing Project Maven–the Defense Department’s controversial project that uses machine learning to speed up...

2018-06-01
Teens are ditching Facebook like mad

The social media services teens find most important in 2018 are widely different from what they found important in 2015. Pew has posted the results of its first new Teens, Social Media & Technology in three years and the results of the survey show that the social media services teens find most important in 2018...

2018-06-01
‘Truly selfish’ Canon says bye to film cameras

It’s the end of an era: Canon has stopped selling film cameras. The company announced that consumers will no longer be able to buy the EOS-1v, the last film model it stocks. Released all the way back in 2000, production of the 35mm SLR actually stopped in 2010, but it’s taken this long for Canon to get rid of its...

2018-06-01
Assassin’s Creed: Odyssey teaser hints at an adventure in Greece

Ubisoft took to Twitter to tease the next instalment in its popular game franchise, Assassin’s Creed – and it looks like it’ll see players venture into ancient Greece. That’s from the short clip in Ubisoft’s post announcing the new title Assassin’s Creed: Odyssey – it depicts what appears to be a Spartan...

2018-06-01
Study: Shoppers are ready to shop exclusively online

A new survey suggests shoppers are ready to move to 100% online for retail purchases. The majority of shoppers are ready to shop exclusively online, according to the results of digital marketing agency Adtaxi’s 2018 Online Shopping and Technology Trends Survey. The survey took a look at the shopping habits,...

2018-06-01
Surprise! Teens hate Facebook

Facebook, not so long ago, ruled the social media roost. Across nearly all important demographics, the Zuckerberg-led time bomb flattened the competition. Sure, it was losing teens, but many of them were just being diverted to other Facebook-owned properties, like WhatsApp and Instagram. Now, according to Pew...

2018-05-31
Google’s testing a new app that takes the pain out of the NYC subway

The subway system is both the best and worst thing about living in NYC. As convenient and practical as it is, it’s also prone to interminable delays, rerouting, annoying passengers/performers and general unpleasantness. Though I think we New Yorkers tend to take it for granted, there’s no question it could be...

2018-05-31
Walmart is launching a same-day, text-order delivery service

Personal shopping by text and same-day delivery: meet Jetblack, Walmart’s newest venture. Walmart is launching a new personal shopping service called Jetblack. The $50-per-month service, which just launched in New York City, will deliver items ordered over text either same or next day. For now, memberships...

2018-05-31
67% of shoppers are ready to shop exclusively online

A new survey suggests shoppers are ready to move to 100% online for retail purchases. The majority of shoppers are ready to shop exclusively online, according to the results of digital marketing agency Adtaxi’s 2018 Online Shopping and Technology Trends Survey. The survey took a look at the shopping habits,...

2018-05-31
Facebook’s algorithm change had an impact on politicians, but not the ones you think

Conservatives claim that Facebook’s algorithm changes have censored their content. The data says something different. There’ve been plenty of dramatic headlines and hand-wringing in recent months about the impact of Facebook’s latest changes to its News Feed algorithm—both on the media and...

2018-05-31
How to help migrant children swept up by ICE

How to contact your representative about ICE. Last month, an official from DHS admitted that the agency could not account for nearly 1,500 unaccompanied minors (note: not children who came with their parents per se) who arrived at the border, nearly 19% of the minors in their custody. While the children may not be...

2018-05-31
Major League Soccer teams with R/GA on new start-up tech search

New venture studio is recruiting companies and entrepreneurs for emerging tech to help fan engagement, on-field data, stadium infrastructure, and more. It boasts the highest percentage of millennial fans in the U.S., so an obvious part of Major League Soccer’s growth strategy revolves around embracing...

2018-05-31
Kathy Griffin sounds off on the anniversary of her infamous photo

One year later, Kathy Griffin wrote an epic Twitter thread about the presidential tweet that uprooted her life, as a warning to others that it could happen to them. Kathy Griffin has taken a lot of photos over the years, but for the rest of her life only one of them can be immediately identified as that photo....

2018-05-31
Plot twist: GDPR is actually helping Google’s ad business

As smaller ad exchanges adapt to the new GDPR rules, Google is quietly cashing in. Last Friday, the EU’s new General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) went into effect, causing every major technology company operating in Europe to completely overhaul how they gain consent to users’ data. From now on,...

2018-05-31
Modern Fertility announces new at-home hormone test

Modern Fertility is one of several innovative companies redefining modern fertility care in Silicon Valley. The fertility tech sector is getting more and more sophisticated. The latest round of innovation comes from Modern Fertility, a startup attempting to democratize reproductive health. On Thursday, the San...

2018-05-31
Twitter is blocking users who signed up when they were underage

The move is reportedly being done to comply with GDPR rules that have gone into force in Europe. The social media company is blocking any user whose self-declared date of birth suggests they were under the age of 13 when they first signed up for an account, reports the Guardian. It’s doesn’t matter if...

2018-05-31
Trump may ban German luxury carmakers next

The news follows reports that the Trump administration is thinking of imposing a 25% tariff on cars imported to the U.S. The president has shown he’s not afraid to get into trade wars with even America’s closest allies. And now the president has Germany in his sights, reports CNBC. The weekly German...

2018-05-31
Viviana Vila was fired off TV in 2016. Now she’s calling the World Cup

Telemundo’s U.S. broadcast of soccer’s elite tourney will for the first time feature analysis from an expert fan—who happens to be the first woman ever to offer World Cup commentary. In April, two women were announced as TV analysts to provide color commentary for the forthcoming World...

2018-05-31
This misanthropic artist taught Google Home to fire a gun

With a misspent childhood/adolescence/adulthood absorbing as much sci-fi as possible, I knew it was only a matter of time until smart speakers turned bad. Well, okay, maybe that’s not entirely accurate. But, AI artist and roboticist Alexander Reben did teach Google Assistant on a Google Home to fire a gun, so...

2018-05-31
Google launches an app for discovering your neighborhood through local experts

Google has launched Neighbourly, a mobile app designed to help you learn about your neighborhood by asking other residents. It’s a way to find out about local services and facilities in your area from people who live around you. The beta is presently only available on Android and open to people in the Indian city of...

2018-05-31
Uber wants Waymo’s self-driving cars on its ride-hailing platform

Uber CEO Dara Khosrowshahi said at the Code Conference today that his company is talking to Google spin-off firm Waymo to have the self-driving vehicle tech company’s cars added to its platform. That’s interesting for a number of reasons. For starters, it was just a few short months ago when Uber and Waymo settled...

2018-05-31
Survival gameplay could be the evolution Fallout needs

After a teasing Twitch stream which lasted almost an entire day, Bethesda finally revealed the trailer for its latest game: Fallout 76. The trailer itself didn’t reveal much beyond the fact the game concerns Vault 76 and the soundtrack might evolve past “Butcher Pete” and “Civilization” finally (though...

2018-05-30
Opinion: There’s more to the Google military AI project than we’ve been told

Google, a company whose motto used to be “don’t be evil,” has had its ethics questioned lately over its insistence on developing AI for the Pentagon. If you’re among the many people who don’t understand why, against the grain, the Mountain View company would risk such damage to its reputation, you’re not...

2018-05-30
Google’s ‘Just a Line’ lets you doodle in AR with a friend

Earlier this year, Google released an Android app for drawing in AR called Just a Line. Doodling in AR is fun; you can make things objects float in thin air, like an art class at Hogwarts. Problem is, when only you can see what you’re drawing, you look kind of nutso waving around your phone in the air. And I mean,...

2018-05-30
LG’s V35 brings the best of the G7 to last year’s V30

LG sure is getting a lot of mileage out of the V30. After releasing the V30S ThinQ earlier in the year with slightly upgraded specs and software, the company is at it again with the V35. Here’s the short of it: It’s the same as the V30, except with the new Snapdragon 845, 6 GB of RAM, and updated software feature....

2018-05-30
Reddit surpasses Facebook to become the 3rd most visited site in the US

According to Alexa – the Amazon-owned web traffic analyzing platform – more people now visit Reddit than Facebook in the US. Spotted, of course, on Reddit by user IamATechieNerd, the stats will be a big boost for the social sharing platform, especially with many users still irked about the recent re-design....

2018-05-30
Google’s Project Fi is starting to look like a real phone network with 3 new devices

Google’s Project Fi is an innovative a phone network, but it’s been hampered by a scarcity of device choices. So far, you’ve been limited to Google’s own Pixel and Nexus phones, with the Moto X4 being the sole exception introduced late last year. But today Google added three more options: The Moto G6, the LG...

2018-05-30
Why the leap to general AI still can’t happen yet

There’s a massive gap in the world of artificial intelligence (AI), and we haven’t been able to cross it successfully. Some developers refer to it as a move from “narrow” to “general” AI, while others describe it as a move from “weak” to “strong” AI. However you describe it, the premise is...

2018-05-30

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